1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards #3)
The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from ...more
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After the emotionally draining tragedy that concluded Flint and David Weber's _1633 (2002), Flint (The Philosophical Strangler_) and newcomer Dennis provide a more lighthearted interlude in Renaissance Italy. Grantsville, a West Virginia mining community that a black hole transported back to the Thirty Years War, now forms the kernel of a fledgling democratic Germany. An embassy to Venice is led by Grantsville's only Roman Catholic priest, whose revelations about Vatican
The story: The United States of Europe which is the West Virginia town of Grantville transported back in time to the 1600s, is sending a delegation to Venice to build up a pharmaceutical industry but Cardinal Richelieu continues to scheme and the ...more
While I find the whole 1632 series pretty dense with politics and huge numbers of minor (if historically major) characters and ...more
It confines itself to one main plotline with associated subplots, and although it has a fair number of PoV characters they're all associated with the same plotline. This makes it a lot more coherent than many of the other volumes in the series, and means one is a lot less likely to greet any given PoV with "oh no, not this nitwit again!" ...more
In order to read Flint's "Ring of Fire" books, the reader must be in a particular state of mind. They read like a program on the History Channel where the same show can be riveting or repulsive depending on one's mood.
These books are written in the wordy, exacting style of those books written in the 17th and 18th centuries. Because I read the first two editions of this series during the same time I re ...more
The USE has sent off a an envoy to Venice for trade and to prevent a plague and exchange info. Most of story however focus on the kids who get in ...more
I laughed out loud when Ruy introduces himself to a gang of ruffians in true Inigo Montoya / hidalgo fashion; Sharon wonders where he found a copy of The Princess Bride, but Billy realizes that Ruy isn't kidding; he's the archetype Goldman was spoofing in person. (Characters do frequently pick up "up-time" phrases and words, some ...more
The cast of characters are one of the big joys of these books. Flint and his co-authors have a flair for using each character's background in clever and often amusing ways. Case in point, an instance in this book where one young character falls back on his experience as a pitcher to help get out of a jam. And who can resist an impish pope?
Plus alt-history is always a good impetus to dive into actual history. After reading ...more
Flint manages to very carefully thread the fine line between detail and readability. I've often thought that these books would make good youth fiction, since they often deal with younger characters and read so easily. Nevertheless, they're so densely packed with layers and characters that anyone stays engaged (th ...more
I highly recommend this long-running series by Eric Flint. He definitely desrves ...more
The last third of the book picks up dramatically and becomes significantly more interesting, but it was hard work to get there.
The series continues and I'll continue reading it.
1632 is also very good.